WESTERN APPROACHES was racing off a 5lb higher mark when runner-up to Flying Phoenix at Ludlow last week. She's won over 2m3f so the step back up in distance should suit Ian Williams' mare, who is the one to beat against largely modest opposition. The once-useful Advisor has been well beaten in sellers lately while Calaf is still a maiden over hurdles, though did win over 1m4f on the Flat in October. Ladies Dancing is slowly coming down the weights but hasn't shown much so far this season and likewise Kim Tian Road.
Kim Tian Road (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Led in start, held up behind on outside, outpaced after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Highland Retreat (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Calaf 9-4fav (11-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders until hit 5th, soon lost place, tailed off when pulled up soon after 3 out, in a race won by Rowlestone Lad (11-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar, 11 ran.
Ladies Dancing 9-1 (11-4) Chased leader, led 3rd, went left and hit
Shivsingh 33-1 (11-4) Behind, blundered 3rd, tailed off and pulled up after 4th, in a race won by Brinestine (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov, 15 ran.
Barista (IRE) 28-1 (10-3) Chased leaders in 4th, went 3rd before 3 out, no chance when weakened before next, 6th of 9, 19l behind Jumps Road (11-11) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Advisor (FR) 40-1 (11-5) Towards rear and reminders, with leader 4th, weakened from 5 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, 37l behind Gigondas (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Western Approaches 6-1 (11-8) Led, driven and headed 2 out, kept on same pace, ridden and no chance with winner flat, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Flying Phoenix (10-13) at Ludlow 2m (4) gd.
Consulate (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, blundered 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 41l behind Bathwick Brave (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov '12.
Lady Bridget 16-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, under pressure appraoching 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 14, 25l behind Lamblord (11-8) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.